Saturday, December 1, 2012

Origami Christmas Tree - (3rd)

Add the trunk and star, then the first tree branch

Origami Tree Branches

Step 1 - Begin with a 6 x 6 square
Step 2 - Fold it in half  
Step 3 - Fold in half again, then open again

Step 4 - The closed side is top and the open side is on bottom, then fold upper corner down
Step 5 - fold other corner down, edges touch down the middle.

Two color pattern 

Three color pattern

Christmas Tree Puzzles - (1st)

The students painted three different 9 x 12 papers using two primary colors for each, then scratched the surface with plastic forks to make texture. No student names were written on back.

I cut all the 9 x 12 painted papers into 1 1/2 x 12 strips.

The students selected a painted strip and cut the white edges off the ends. 
Then they cut it in half. The half pieces are folded again.
 We drew two large circles and cut them out.

We also cut small strips.

The small strips and circles were glued on the tree sections to create a pattern.
Along the edge of the tree, dots were made with silver or red markers. This added a tiny pattern that looked like tree lights.  Finally a Christmas style muffin cup was cut and glued for a tree-topper.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Goofy Pumpkins - (1st)

I found this pumpkin project at, who credited the idea to Artsy_TFlickr Fame
Thank you for such a fun project. I did it with first graders. 
(The spiders were created by Kindergarteners.)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Veteran's Day - (2nd)

 I found this wonderful project on Mrs.Picasso's Blog.

It helps to have shape punchers. I used the star punchers.
The children cut out their own yellow paper hearts.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Funny Frogs - (1st)

These frogs are in "Froggy Day Care" and waiting for their owners to take them home.

This is the "newborn" frog made from Crayola Magic Modeling Clay. The eyes 
are formed by pressing in the end of a Crayola colored marker.

First graders created painted texture with turquoise and green paint.
They painted wild lines that were not mix together.

 The textured paper was folded in half and a circle traced
 on it, then cut out. A piece of "pie" was cut out of each lily pad.

Students named their frogs and drew a picture of it on a lunch bag. 
When the Frog bag was completed the students carried
 their clay frog in it for a safe trip home.

Students painted their frogs so no white would show, except for the eyes.
The frog on the left is a good example of painting, the frog on the right is not.
 It has too much white spots.